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Events
All kinds of events will be happening across the state: Signature Events & Programs of the Maine Bicentennial Commission, plus dozens of others offered by Maine’s large network of cultural organizations, local schools and communities, and more.

maine200 signature events

The Maine Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring five major events to celebrate Maine200:

bicentennial kickoff recap

July 30, 2019

Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland
& Augusta

Gov. Janet Mills raised the Bicentennial flag, followed by special events in each city. See photos of the event.

statehood weekend

mar 14-15, 2020

augusta
& statewide

Saturday night bean suppers with food drives, plus speeches, poetry, music & more.

bicentennial parade

may 16, 2020

auburn/
lewiston

An historic parade celebrating Maine's veterans, youth, and culture, with floats, bands and more from across Maine.

summer coast festival

July 16-19, 2020

Portland &
up the coast

Tall Ships America will sail to various ports along the coast, including Portland, Camden, Rockland, Bucksport and more.

grand finale weekend

oct 9-12, 2020

augusta, bangor
& statewide

Four days of events highlighting Maine's diverse culture and commercial innovation, culminating in a time capsule.

events calendar

Check our calendar to make plans for your family to attend the dozens of fun and educational Bicentennial events all over Maine!

Submit an Event

Submissions must be open and accessible to the public, relevant to the bicentennial commemoration, and include a title, brief description, and image. Events listed on this calendar are not necessarily endorsed by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Get more information on applying for a Maine200 endorsement of your event.

Events Calendar

November 9, 2017 - November 8, 2019 11/09/2017 - 11/08/2019
Maine200 Launch
October 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Maine200 Launch
Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch website, outreach campaign
Commission Meeting
November 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Commission Meeting
The Official State of Maine Bicentennial Commission meets regularly to plan events and get out the word about the exciting two years ahead. Meetings are open to the public and your participation is welcome!
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
January 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
In January, join us for "Exploring Wabanaki Maine History," presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. During this interactive story-telling experience, we will learn about events in the collective history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants.
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
March 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
April 12, 2019 to February 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.
Maine Bicentennial Conference
May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Maine Bicentennial Conference
This scholarly conference is open to the public for a modest registration fee. It includes three musical performances and is designed to be engaging.
Maine History Festival
May 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Maine History Festival
This free, juried event is for students at all grade levels and cultural organizations to present their own research or planning for the bicentennial.
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
July 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada.
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
July 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Gov. Janet Mills will make appearances at multiple kickoff events across the state to raise the Bicenenntial flag & announce planned events.
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
August 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea
A Talk by NEH Chairman Jon Peede
October 2, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
A Talk by NEH Chairman Jon Peede
Charles Allen's Kennebec River Photographs, 1898 - 1907
October 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Charles Allen's Kennebec River Photographs, 1898 - 1907
Maine Harbor Seals
October 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Maine Harbor Seals
Maine Harbor Seal Project is an outdoor art installation of harbor seal sculptures made from driftwood and ceramics. Open to the public.
The Spirits of 1820: 200 Years of Maine Statehood
October 17, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Spirits of 1820: 200 Years of Maine Statehood
Seven spirits will return each weekend to tell of the perils and promises of separation from Massachusetts, and attaining Maine Statehood. $10 adults; $5 12 and under.
The Big Question
October 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Big Question
Leaf of Voices Part III: Celebrating Indigenous Poets
October 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Leaf of Voices Part III: Celebrating Indigenous Poets